2019 Awards and Moving Forward
These five categories celebrate those volunteers who embody the Trail Conference’s mission and the award categories reflect our organization’s values statements:
The Raymond H. Torrey Award for Lifetime Impact
The Trail Conference's most prestigious award honors volunteers who embody our mission and uphold our values. This award is given to those who have made significant and lasting contributions that have impacted the trails, natural lands, people and/or operations of the Trail Conference. Awardees.
The Elizabeth Levers Award for Engagement and Inclusivity
Honors volunteers who go above and beyond to bring people into the Trail Conference family. It celebrates those who have been strong advocates for ensuring our trails and natural areas are an inclusive environment offering everyone the opportunity to connect with nature. It is given to those who embody our value that the joys of nature belong to everyone. Awardees.
The Jakob Franke Award for Conservation
Honors volunteers who have advocated for and dedicated significant time and effort to land preservation and trail protection in the face of encroaching development. It is given to those who embody our value that conservation is a shared duty and that we must preserve the integrity of our natural world. Awardees.
The William Hoeferlin Award for Exemplary Leadership
Honors volunteers who have contributed long-time exemplary service in a leadership capacity by supporting other volunteers and/or spearheading a major project. It is given to those who embody our value of celebrating volunteers and recognizing that they make the trails and protection of the lands we love possible. Awardees.
The Joan Ehrenfeld Award for Responsible Stewardship
Honors volunteers who have dedicated significant time and effort to the conscientious stewardship of protected natural areas or environmentally-responsible trail construction and education. It is given to those who embody our value that the right path is always a responsible one. Awardees.
These seven categories celebrate a variety of volunteers from newbies to veterans and everything in between:
The Rising Leader Award
Honors volunteers who have taken on additional responsibilities with great enthusiasm over the last two years and demonstrate leadership qualities. It is given to those who selflessly keep dedicating more time and effort and show no signs of slowing down. Awardees.
The Paul Leiken Award for Going the Extra Mile
Honors volunteers who have recently “gone the extra mile” and made a significant, noteworthy contribution in the last 12 to 18 months. Awardees.
The Hit the Ground Running Award
Honors volunteers who have “hit the ground running” and made a strong impact within their first two years of service. Awardees.
The Next Generation Award
Honors volunteers under 25 years of age who have enthusiastically and passionately made contributions serving the Trail Conference's mission. Awardees.
The Dedicated Service Award
Honors long-time, dedicated volunteers who have demonstrated exemplary service to the trails and natural areas that surround them. Awardees.
The Ken Lloyd Award for Outstanding Member Club
Honors member clubs who have provided remarkable service to trails and natural lands in partnership with the Trail Conference. Awardees.
The Major William A. Welch Award for Outstanding Partner
Honors partners who have been strong advocates for and provided significant assistance to Trail Conference volunteers. Awardees.
2018 Awards and Prior
The Raymond H. Torrey Award
The Conference's most prestigious award, given for significant and lasting contributions that protect trails and the land upon which they rest. Awardees.
JoAnn and Paul Dolan
William T. Golden
H. Peter Stern
The William Hoeferlin Award
Recognizes Trail Conference volunteers who have demonstrated exemplary service to trail maintenance, management, and/or trail land protection. It is usually given after more than seven years of service.
Gerard Hoekstra, Jr.
Ike & Marilyn Siskind
The Paul Leikin Extra Mile Award
Recognizes those volunteers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to projects such as a book, map or advocacy.
Anne and Gerry Barry
Jeremy Apgar and Amber Ray
Gely & Jakob Franke
Chris Reyling and the Long Distance Trails Crew
The Ken Lloyd Award
Recognizes Trail Conference member clubs who have demonstrated exemplary service to trail maintenance, management, and/or trail land protection.
Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization (MEVO)
RPH Cabin Volunteers
Robert Fuller - AMC NY-North Jersey
Mark Traver - Long Path North Hiking Club
Wappinger Greenway Trail Committee
Clarence Putman - Long Path North Hiking Club
John Graham - AMC NY-North Jersey Chapter
Laurie Rankin - Catskill 3500 Club
Jill Arbuckle - AMC NY-North Jersey (presented 2010)
Suzanne Wilder - Musconetcong Mountain Conservancy
Chris Olney - Catskills Mountain Club
Patty Lee Parmalee - Save the Ridge
Pete Tilgner - Ramapo ADK
Suzan Gordon - Ramapo ADK
Ilse Dunham - Interstate Hiking Club
The Major William A. Welch Trail Partner Award
Presented to those outside the Trail Conference (for example, state, federal, or local agency partner officials) who have given long and/or significant assistance to the Trail Conference.
Department of Parks and Recreation, Yorktown NY
Essex County, NJ
Joshua Osowski - Northern Regional Office Superintendent with NJ DEP
Evan Thompson - Park Manager, Fahnestock & Hudson Highlands State Park
Todd Cochran - Bergen County Department of Parks Superintendent
Erik Humphrey - Park Manager and Park Staff, Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Willie Janeway - Director Region 3, NYS DEC
Rebecca Fitzgerald - Ringwood State Park Superintendent
Eric Pain - Ringwood State Park Superintendent
Mary-Pat Pfeil - NJ Park Ranger
David Epstein, Executive Director - Morris Land Conservancy
Jack Shuart - NJ DEP
Adena Long - SI Greenbelt
Congresswoman Sue Kelly, NY 19th District
Brian Goodman - OPRHP Taconic
Wes Powers - NJ DEP
Karen Lutz - Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Brother Hoengst - Hil-mar Lodge
Arlene Miller - Rockland Co. Planning
Lou Cherepy - NJ DEP Regional Superintendent
Interstate Hiking Club
Raymond Mesaris - Palisades Interstate Park Commission
William Rudge - NY DEC region 3
John Keator - NJ DEP High Point
Barry Sullivan - NPS DWGRNA
John Kennedy - OPRHP Taconic
John R. Sencabaugh - NY DEC Region 4
W. Garry Ives - NY DEC Albany
Franciscan Friars of Atonement
Long Path North Hiking Club
Jean-Ann McGrane - NY DEC Region 3
Bill Bauman - OPRHP Taconic
Robert L. Bendict - NY DEC Albany
Jonathan Rosenberg - NWCDC
Kenneth Krieser - Palisades Interstate Park Commission
Rick Dearstyne - NY DEC Region 4
Eric Holman - National Park Service
Kenneth Lutters - OPRHP Taconic
Patricia Rudge - NY DEC Region 3
Ivan Vamos - OPRHP Albany
Steven Golden - National Park Service
Bob Goodman - NJ DEP, Wawayanda
Jeane Ross - Palisades Interstate Park Commission, NJ
Charles Quadri - Palisades InterstatePark Commission, NJ
Karl Beard - National Park Service
Helen Fenske - NJ DEP, Trenton
Nelson Sears - NY DEC Region 3
Fred Gerty - NY DEC Region 3
John Garcia - NJ DEP, Trenton
Jack Karnig - Black Rock Forest
Tim Sullivan - Palisades Interstate Park Commission
William Foley - NJ DEP, Stokes State Forest
The Leo Rothschild Conservation Award
Presented to a person or organization that has made a significant contribution to the protection of our trails and/or the natural lands that surround them.
Friends of the Shawangunks
Basha Kill Area Association
Open Space Institute
Ella Filippone - Passaic River Coalition
Neil Woodworth - ADK
The Don Derr Award
Recognizes the outstanding contributions and exemplary service by off-trail volunteers. Usually given after five or more years of service or at the conclusion of a major project.
The Honorary Life Membership Award
Conveys life member status and the right to vote at Voting Member meetings. Usually given after long (greater than 20) years of extraordinary service to the Trail Conference.
John Blenninger (deceased)
Pete and Jo-Ann Senterman
Richard N. Warner (deceased)
Albert Field (deceased)
Paul Leikin (deceased)
Kenneth W. Lloyd (deceased)
Lore Oppenheimer (deceased)
Donald B. Derr (deceased)
George M. Zoebelein (deceased)
Meyer Kukle (deceased)
Nat Lester - 19?? (deceased)
Elizabeth Levers (deceased)
The Next Generation Award
Given to those under age 21 who make significant contributions of time and energy to trail building or protection.
Boy Scout Troop #258, Mahwah
Hike'N Serve Venturing Crew #100
BSA Ringwood Boy Scout Troop 96
Saint Benedict's Backpacking Project
Hutterian Brethren Schools
Edward Leo Walsh
The Distinguished Service Award
Recognizes exceptional service, usually three or more years. Nominations can only be submitted by Committee Chairs.
Pasquale “Pat” Marcotullio - Buildings and Grounds Committee
Steve Reiss - West Jersey Trail Crew Member
Bill and Linda Taggart - Maintainers, Swartswood State Park
Irene Auleta - Stakeholder Action Team
Susan Barbuto - Stakeholder Action Team
Hanna Benesch - Membership and Development
Wendell George - Catskills Roving Trail Maintenance Crew Leader
David Haas - Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce
Lee Mott - West Jersey Trail Crew Member
James Mott - West Jersey Trail Crew Member
Howard and Susan Reed - Trail Maintainers, Stokes State Forest
Will Soter - Local Trails Chair, Catskills
Martin Stratton - Trail Supervisor, Catskills
Jill Weber - Rockaway Park Administrator
Howard "Pete" France - Northern Catskills Trails Chair
Rich Weiler - Trail maintainer, Harriman State Park
Bob Paine - Trail maintainer, Harriman State Park
Marci Layton - Trail volunteer, Harriman State Park
Mark Nordyke - Invasives Strike Force
Peter Schwartz - Web Committee
George Form - Long Path Trail Committee
Kenneth Malkin - Web Committee Mar. 22
Craig Nunn - Pubs Committee Dec. 6
Phil McLewin - Web Committee, Oct. 15
Sandy Parr - North Jersey Trail Crew Chief, presented at Trails Council, Oct. 6
Jim Robbins - Presented Jan. 24
Richard Zinn - Presented Feb. 20
Artie Hidalgo - Jolly Rovers, presented at Trails Council, Dec. 2
Bob Brunner - Jolly Rovers, presented at Trails Council, Dec. 2
William Stoltzfus - North Jersey Trails Committee, Oct. 7
The Corporate Partner Award
Given to businesses or their employees for outstanding service to the hiking community.
Andy S. Norin, esq / Drinker, Biddle, Reath LLP
Central Hudson Gas & Electric
Bob Enderlee, Arrow Graphics
Jersey Central Power & Light